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Report from Okanogan WA from My Sister- Guest Blog

My sister’s visiting our brother in Okanogan WA and has sent a few pics from her phone. It’s considered “high desert”.

I wish I were with them.

Here are bins of firewood, stacked, ready to burn to keep warm this winter

bins of wood

The other day she sent a pic of these delicious peaches

Peaches

And when they take the dogs for a walk, they see some old vehiclesIMG_5374

like a car graveyard

abandoned cars

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David and His Elderberries in Okanogan. WA

Flag Day!  June 14th.

Started in the year 1895. For history click here

AND it’s my brother’s birthday!  Happy Birthday David.

Carolee (David’s wife)  sent these photos of my brother David, standing by the enormous elderberry plants.

I’ve been saving them all week to post on his birthday. Thanks for sending the photos Carolee.

 

 

Happy Birthday from Pittsburgh-  American Flag and the PPG building tonight.  love, Ruth

Flag and PPG

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Abandoned.  

Defined:

left without needed protection or care

left by the owner

no longer held or thought of : given up

 

Not to be confused with lost.

WordPress’ Cheri Lucas Rowlands posted the challenge with a great example of the interior of an abandoned building.  It’s apparent that I stick with exteriors.

 

Old School House near Okanogan Washington

Old School

 

 

 

Old School

shot from the road

 

boarded up

 

Boarded up in Wilkinsburg PA

 

 

 

Smith Mountain Lake Virginiaabandoned boat

 

 

 

 

 

near Okanogan Washington – mailboxes still in place on the right

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Conneaut Amusement Park  PAconneaut amusement park

 

Old bathtub at Conneaut

old bathtub

 

 

chair on the sidewalk

                                                                                             New York City Chair and Hanger

Photograph taken near school one afternoon.  abandoned umbrella


Three Magi

From the archives. Three Magi. Apple boxes. Found the apple packing and storing company listing.

Was reading about the dismantling of the Christmas stuff at my son’s in Ohio and knew it was Twelfth Night and the end of Christmas. This photo came to mind. The three kings, Epiphany. Bearing gifts. Traveling so far.

These are the big wooden boxes used when the apples are picked in the orchard. You can see them stacked up in tall piles as you drive around this part of the country. You get a new appreciation for the effort it takes to grow fruit. These three apple boxes were just placed like this along the path where we’d walk the dogs.


Our Brother Grows Organic Garlic & Mailed It For Us to Cook

Wednesday’s mail brought a box with holes punched in it.  I knew no one was shipping a guinea pig to me.

The postmark was Okanogan WA- It was a box of Chesnok Red (originally from  From Shvelisi, Republic of Georgia)   David had packed it  in gray egg carton parts,  They arrived in perfect shape.

When I spoke to David on the phone he was hoping that Mary and I would cook with it for Laura’s Bridal Shower in Columbus. We’re making lasagne.  He told me it’s Hardneck garlic (can’t braid it, Greg- you can see Greg braid his garlic harvest here)

This particular type is supposed to be great baking garlic.  I shared some with my neighbor as he is a great cook.

David told me about the organic farm where he got the original seeds to plant years ago.  Filaree Garlic Farm.   They have photos and descriptions of the different types of garlic and you can get a catalog.  Planting season is real soon. Last week of September, first week of October for Okanogan’s zone.

I sat on my side porch and photographed the beautiful purple striped skins.  Thought about our brother David and we’ll be thinking of him as we cook and eat this wonderful harvest.


Learning To Shoot Star Trails

Here is the photograph AFTER the second round of advice on how to shoot the stars.  And their trails as the earth moves.  I was able to hold down the shutter for 260 seconds @ f4 stop and 400 ISO.If you  look at the yoga studio you can see that there was very little camera shake, even though I traveled without my cable release or tripod.  Next time I will be better prepared. My photography colleague sent me an amazing link if you want to see amazing star trails. Click this link.   I am back in Pittsburgh but wanted to post one more Okanogan photograph.

Saw three shooting stars but these star trails fascinate me. Next time!!!!


Before They Get to the Store

Huge nets to keep HoneyCrisp safe from birds who like to peck the sweet flesh.  Rolls and rolls of Mylar to help the organic Gala apples turn red all over. Planting. Elaborate irrigation. Grafting. Fertilization. Some sprayed with calcium. Insecticide. The organic ones sprayed with fish oil.  Thinning- to space the apples out so they get a certain size.  After the harvest,they go to the packing sheds. They are sorted. Machines with light sensors separate them by color for different grades.  The apples need to be put into trays. packed following International Rules for Sanitation. Boxed Cold storage. Shipped to the store. We buy them . Eat them. 3 images of apples.

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Constellation Captured in Okanogan

constellation captured

Big Dipper Over David's House in Okanogan WA

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Shutter Speed: 79.0s
  • Image Date: 8/9/10 2:00:00
  • no tripod, no cable release, propped on a chair with my finger holding the shutter in bulb setting, releasing as motionlessly as possible

Find the Hummingbird in David’s Garden (scroll down for close-up)

Okanogan WA vacation. Monarda didyma(Bee Balm) attracts hummingbirds.

Monarda didyma(Bee Balm) attracts hummingbirds.

National Geographic photographers do this much better but thought I would try. The hummingbirds dart around really fast.  We sat in chairs outside and David called it watching Hummingbird TV.  A great show.


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